The biggest gaming event of the year has just about wrapped up, and there's been an awful lot going on. We've had press conferences from all the major publishers and platform holders, heard about hundreds of upcoming games and watched maybe thousands of trailers (well, quite a few anyway).
Microsoft boasted it had brought 50 games along and it was, generally, a very good showing for the company. One highlight was the purchase of four studios (including previous PlayStation collaborator, Ninja Theory) and the creation of a fifth known as The Initiative. Plus there were announcements and reveals including Halo, Dying Light 2 and Cyberpunk 2077...
Sony's PlayStation E3 event may have been a little subdued compared to other years, with only four previously announced exclusive titles going under the spotlight, but that didn't stop what we saw from being any less impressive. The likes of The Last of Us: Part II, Death Stranding and the soon to be released Spider-Man continue to awe, while we also got a first look at the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake...
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dominated the Nintendo showcase, running through in detail the changes to this iteration in the long-running series, which features every single fighter from past games and one or two new ones for good measure. There were also reminders of all the ports the Switch will be enjoying this summer and a new Mario Party called - wait for it - Super Mario Party...
Hitting their stride right away, Bethesda had a lot to tell us in their show, including more from Todd Howard about Fallout 76, particularly the fact that it was an online, generally multiplayer experience compared to previous Fallout titles. There were also some new games including Wolfenstein Youngblood, new content for Prey and Skyrim available on yet more devices, including Amazon Alexa, although we're pretty sure they were joking...
Bringing the fun and weirdness as always, Ubisoft kicked off the show with a dancing panda, because why not? There was a deeper look at The Division 2, set in Washington DC, Beyond Good & Evil 2, which is looking more and more like an actual game, and Skull and Bones, which is as piratey as you might expect. We also visited Ancient Greece to meet the protagonists from the recently leaked Assassin's Creed Odyssey...
First out the gate, but with relatively little to show for it, EA's Play event did feature a frank admission from the DICE team about how Battlefront 2 turned out and was received by fans. There were the usual sports updates - of course - as well as some hype for Battlefield V. The return of Unravel's Yarny was a pleasant surprise though, and Anthem looks like it has potential, if the BioWare team can stick the landing...
The shortest presentation of the week, Square Enix showed off gameplay from Shadow of the Tomb Raider for the first time, as well as a trailer (which we'd already seen in the Xbox conference...) for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. Elsewhere there were details on what changes we can expect in Just Cause 4, as well as a crossover from Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter...
This year's PC Gaming Show was almost as prolific as Microsoft's Xbox event, with 30 games shown off in just 90 minutes. Highlights included a closer look at Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season and Stormland, a AAA virtual reality title from Imsoniac Games where you play as an android gardener trying to save their friends and stop the lush, tropical world they inhabit from being overrun...
Always a company to go against the norm, they’ve been delivering their E3 showcase as a video rather than a stage show for a few years now, and this year was no exception. Without a puppet in sight, read on for a handful of highlights from Nintendo’s E3 Direct.
Fortnite is now literally everywhere
In a move that surprised next to no one, worldwide phenomenon Fortnite is now available to play on Nintendo Switch, and you can even carry over your items from other versions - unless you’ve been playing on PS4, then your account is locked and won’t sync... oops. The game itself is as colourful and over-the-top as ever and we can predict some Nintendo-specific cosmetics being introduced in the future. Want to jump out of the battle bus right away? Good news, the game is available to download (for free) right now.
Mario Party comes to Switch as Super Mario Party
If you’re noticing a theme of unsurprising announcements forming, then you’ve cottoned on to Nintendo’s E3 strategy for this year (and, arguably, every year), as Mario Party coming to Switch is such a no brainer that we’re surprised it’s taken this long. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait much longer for your fix of ridiculous and addictive minigames, as the title drops on 5 October 2018.
Fire Emblem gets tactical
Looking like a combination of Dynasty Warriors, XCOM and the series itself, Fire Emblem: Three Houses looks to be a mixture of thoughtfulness and chaotic combat as you command forces as well as getting into the fray yourself.
A rich anime visual treatment, complete with classic JRPG text-based conversations, gives the game a clear sense of style and presentation and might prove to be more accessible than some of the other more traditional games in the genre. The adventure begins in spring 2019.
Stick the oven on - it’s Overcooked 2
While it’s not exclusive to Nintendo, fans will be pleased to hear that the sequel to the frantic cook-em-up Overcooked is coming to the Switch. New features include the ability to throw food between players and there are new chefs, kitchens and recipes to get stuck into. There’s not long to wait until you can get back into the kitchen either, as the game is open for business on 7 August 2018.
A whole host of games… you may have already played elsewhere
The fact that a lot of games are ported to the Switch is well-known, but the sheer number of games we thought must have already been released on the system (Wolfenstein II, anyone?) was quite staggering. Still, there are some quality titles to look forward to, if you’ve been waiting to be able to play them easily on the go. Twenty-five games, ports and expansions were highlighted in the montage, including first party games we already knew about like Mario Tennis Aces. But when will we have enough time to play them all?
Phew, that’s the last of the press conferences from E3 2018 - can you Adam and Eve it? What’s been your highlight from all the excitement of the past few days? Leave us a comment below or in the forums, and if you’d like to check out the Nintendo show in full, then you’re in luck, as there’s a video down there waiting for you.
There was a lot to unpack in this year’s PC gaming show with 30 new games in 90 minutes! If you're not sure which are worth looking out for, then check out our highlights below.
It’s up to you to gather information from passengers and save your friend, all whilst maintaining excellent customer service and maintaining your emotional health. Start your cab on 5 February 2019.
Mavericks leads the charge for Battle Royale
Imagine a battle royale game with a huge map. Got it? Now add 1000 players. Mavericks: Proving Grounds wants to shift the dynamic and offer players a destructible landscape, and by that they mean smashed windows, footprints and other signs of disturbance to give players a hint as how to best plan their strategy. If you fancy it, you can sign up for the closed beta.
The Sinking City is our new favourite detective game
A supernatural open world investigation game set in the 1920s, blending combat and narrative with no clear directives, players are left to explore, find clues, talk to people and investigate crimes in a submerged and dangerous city. You can expect to see an insanity mode as well, with auditory and visual hallucinations that suggest when you’re on the wrong path. Get your magnifying glasses ready for March 2019.
See the world through the eyes of an android gardener
An open world VR game in which you play as a partly disassembled android, Stormland has more than a passing resemblance to Short Circuit’s Johnny 5 or Wall-E, depending on how old you are. Part survival, part action, you’ll find and rescue friends and overthrow those who are taking control of the world. Boot it up in 2019 on Oculus Rift.
Sable is a beautiful take on a post-apocalyptic world
An interestingly calm artistic for a game set in a futuristic apocalypse, Sable offers players both solitude and exploration. Sable, the main character, leaves her home in search of monumental architecture and to unravel the history and culture of the land on her cool hoverboard. The story begins next year.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead is four-player co-op fun
The debut gameplay trailer demonstrates a cut-throat world inhabited by four main characters who'll survive by any means necessary. Grant, Maya, Aiden and Heather each have a different role and skill set, so players must work together to complete missions and survive. Ready your weapons for 8 November.
The cuteness crown has been stolen, by an Ooblet
What do you get if you cross Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon and Pokémon? THE cutest game, ever (Sorry Unravel Two). Ooblets is a single player life sim that combines farming, building, customisation and engaging narrative with a bright art style and ridiculously cute creatures to befriend. Explore the lands, unlock the mysteries of Oob, run your own shop and even train your ooblets when the insanely cute adventure launches in in late 2018.
Suit up, Agent 47 is back
Follow your new targets across the world in brand new open sandbox locations, featuring fancy outfits and new weapons. Pre-orders will net you Hitman: Sniper Assassin, which allows you to assassinate with mates in multiplayer, but single player is there too. The full game sneaks onto storefronts 13 November.
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If you missed the PC gaming show press conference, here is a link below to catch up. Skip to 21:01. Enjoy!
In the past few years, most would argue that Sony have consistently put on the standout press conference of E3; after tempering expectations for 2018, were the PlayStation company still able to deliver?
The Last of Us: Part II looks to be an emotional, brutal journey
With neither sight nor sound of Joel, Ellie is seemingly our de facto protagonist this time around. Struggling with human interaction, a glimpse into her damaging past illustrates why, as the classic stealth gameplay gives way to a cinematic and violent action sequence that could easily be mistaken for a series of scripted events. There’s no official launch date yet, but we’ll be there on day one.
Ghost of Tsushima is beautiful, but we need to see more
Brought to life by Sucker Punch Productions (inFAMOUS), Ghost of Tsushima has an undeniably gorgeous and engaging feudal Japan setting - seriously, the lighting and environmental detail during the climactic duel are astounding - but its gameplay didn’t exactly set our world on fire. Stealth and open combat engagements feel very familiar, but, regardless, the rich world has us chomping at the bit to explore it. We’ll be keeping a keen eye out in anticipation of more juicy details, along with a release date.
Death Stranding is slightly less bewildering now
We finally got a substantial glimpse at the debut game from Kojima Productions - headed by the creative force behind Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima - as the auteur opened up on his latest madcap project. Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) leads a star-studded cast as the protagonist, whom we see transporting a range of heavy goods on his poor, blistered feet through a variety of lovely environments.
Not only that, but we saw Reedus plug a grown foetus (that’ll be a baby) into himself in order to power some sort of contraption that reveals otherwise invisible floating inkblot creatures. Throw in a few story hints and, while characteristically bizarre, the showing tentatively began to lift the veil of mystery that’s been shrouding Death Stranding for a while now. No launch window was specified, so expect to get the game when it’s good and ready.
Spider-Man has an ensemble cast, looks extremely promising, and is just around the corner
Batman seems set to face stiff competition when we potentially (probably) get the Spidey game we’ve all been waiting years for on 7 September. Insomniac’s take on the webhead boasts fluid combat and traversal that look as though they handle like a dream, while the context of the gameplay demo was very Arkham indeed, focusing on a prison break that accommodates several famous fiendish faces. Just as things begin to look irreparably bleak for Spider-Man, we’re teased with the arrival of someone, or something, that we’d wager will be his saviour; there isn’t long to wait until that cliffhanger is resolved.
There were plentiful third-party surprises
Foremost amongst these announcements was a first glimpse at the eagerly anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake in action, which switches things up via a new over-the-shoulder camera perspective and massively updated visuals. It’s coming 25 January, which basically means Christmas is coming a month late for fans of the classic.
Control is the latest from Remedy, which looks very much like their last game, Quantum Break, seeing you embody a gun-toting lass that also utilises telekinetic and time manipulation powers. Nioh 2 continues the feudal Japanese trend with a continuation of the surprise hit that blends Souls-style structure and challenge with signature Team Ninja flair. In its third press conference appearance, Kingdom Hearts 3 showed off something new with a peek at the Pirates of the Caribbean world and ship combat borrowed straight from Ubisoft.
PS VR got just a little bit of love
PlayStation VR is a favourite in these parts, so it was pretty disappointing to see it get somewhat skimmed over. Trover Saves the Universe is a VR compatible action adventure in the improvised comedic stylings of creator Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty), whilst the mysterious Déraciné was relegated to the post-show, though the fact it’s being developed by From Software is at least an early indication it’ll be darn good.
What did you think of Sony’s reconsidered format this E3? Let us know on the forums or in the comments below.
If you want to feast your eyes on the whole shebang, skip to 1:16:16 on the embedded video.
If there’s one publisher who can be relied upon to bring fun and energy to proceedings at E3, it’s Ubisoft. Settle in as we take you through the highlights.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is starting to look like a game
After its well-hyped reveal last year, your favourite anthropomorphic animals are back to offer a little more than just a CGI trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2 this time around. The language remains utter filth, but the characters and action endearing, as we got talked through the world. Ubisoft are making an effort to get the community involved too, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Hit Record organisation being trotted out to coordinate content like music, art and game design ideas from the community. No release date just yet, so we’ll have to be patient and write a song or two in the meantime.
Skull and Bones has so many cannonballs - SO MANY
After Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag hit the high seas there were rumours about spinning off its sailing mechanic into a standalone pirate game. After its reveal last year, we now have a better idea of how pirate-'em-up Skull and Bones will actually play.
Ships have special abilities (like firing EIGHT cannonballs in a single shot), as well as different strengths and an awful lot of on-screen prompts, lines and dials to help you navigate the treacherous waters. The world seems to be playing the old ‘living, breathing’ tune quite loudly and there’s plenty of customisation options too. A nice touch was the ability to disguise your ship as another faction to stay undetected during a mission. Setting sail next year.
Elijah Wood makes it weird in Transference
The second celeb to hit the stage was none other than Frodo Baggins himself, showing off his VR experience, which combines live action with CGI to explore a dark, corrupted mind. There’s sinister music abound and worrying actions from a father towards his son, but what does it all mean? Prepare for jump scares this autumn.
Nintendo continues its stealth Ubisoft takeover
A new DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle sees Donkey Kong take centre stage and introduces a bunch of new characters and enemy types. To celebrate DK’s arrival, the audience were even treated to a live musical performance accompanying the gameplay trailer.
There was also a Nintendo nugget hidden away inside space adventure Starlink: Battle For Atlas, which you can see in the above trailer. The game has a Skylanders-style toys to life component to change your ship upgrades on the fly and, for the Nintendo Switch version only, that might include the Star Fox’s team, led by a Fox McCloud that looks more realistic than ever before. You’ll have to pick up the game on 16 October for some space exploration.
Scripted banter detected in The Division 2
It wouldn’t be a Ubisoft show without a bit of scripted banter, and this time a team of Division agents explore a lush garden in Washington in the game’s sequel. There’s a run through of how the narrative progresses, picking up side quests as you go, but it seems like pretty standard fare. The most exciting moment is a showdown at the downed Air Force One, which redefines how spongey an enemy can be. Will the final product impress? Look out for a review around 15 March 2019.
Who got their Origins in my Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?
The return of the Assassin’s Creed franchise last year after a brief hiatus was met with success, and so it follows that Ubisoft would want to get back onto their game-per-year release schedule. So, after an unceremonious leak, we have Odyssey, which sees you play as one of two would-be Spartans (either male or female) in Ancient Greece during the time when Sparta and Athens weren’t getting along too well.
Much of the actual gameplay seems very reminiscent of Origins, making us worry the series is already repeating past mistakes, but Ubisoft are also leaning into the RPG elements a bit more this time around, adding dialogue options that can alter the story as well as romanceable characters for greater player choice. Expect plenty of back-stabbing on 5 October 2018.
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Following a surprisingly short press conference from Square Enix, which was more of a Nintendo Direct affair than a full stage show, here are a few things which stood out.
The gameplay trailer reveal was more like a Predator film (mud smearing and all), with a camouflaged Lara taking down her enemies brutally and silently from the dense undergrowth of the jungle. Not long to wait for some third-person action, as Lara is back on 14 September 2018.
Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter collide with cuteness
There is a Final Fantasy update on the way named Under the Moonlight - all well and good you might say. What if it gave you a Monster Hunter World crossover in the world of Hydaelyn? The update brings a Palico companion, as well as a Rathalos, in a move that'll “bring new challenges to players of Final Fantasy XIV Online”. Although this update is free, players will have to have the Stormblood expansion pack completed and be Level 70 in order to access the update once it's released this summer.
Octopath Traveler gives players eight characters
With adorable pixel art, this Switch exclusive game offers much more than just a cute aesthetic. Players are free to explore and embark on a journey as any of eight different playable characters - Cleric, Scholar, Merchant, Warrior, Dancer, Apothecary, Thief and Hunter - each boasting their own skill sets. Learn the stories behind these characters from 13 July 2018.
Just Cause 4 adds not dynamic but extreme weather
Aside from the cringe use of dubstep in the gameplay trailer, players can not only expect an even bigger open world environment than its predecessor, but total destruction of the environment. Just Cause 4 goes one better than the likes of Forza Horizon 4, adding extreme weather this time around, including tornadoes, blizzards, lightning, monsoons and sandstorms.
Players can expect to totally devastate environments, thanks to upgraded physics mechanics, and Rico's grappling hook has been upgraded to give you more grapples than ever before, as well as being tweaked to make it more accessible to new players. Jump into the mayhem on 4 December 2018.
The Quiet Man is literally silent
A moody cinematic teaser trailer combining live action with in-game graphics introduced us to what seems to be a deaf character getting his beat-'em-up on in an alley. Sounding like a 50s romance (because it is) and hopefully doing more than ticking a diversity box, this game has potential to showcase what life is like in a world without sound. It's a shame the trailer doesn't give us more to go on, but expect more in August.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is as relentless as its parent company
Although delayed until 2019, mainline Kingdom Hearts is finally back after thirteen long years, and if you haven't picked it up at one of the press conferences then... well done, quite frankly, because it's everywhere. Fans can expect to see the memorable and much-loved faces of Sora, Donald and Goofy, fighting alongside Mickey Mouse whilst exploring the new world locations of Frozen, Toy Story, Hercules and tons more. The game might not be a deep, emotional rollercoaster, but you can be sure it’s going to be packed with back-to-back references when it's finally released on 29 January 2019.
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If you want to watch Square Enix’s press conference, it's below.
Opening with a glimpse into the lives of those that work to produce some of our favourite games, Bethesda - the highest rated publisher on Metacritic - put in a traditionally strong showing with a look at the remainder of the year and, in a first, what lies beyond. If you can’t commit to catching up on the feature-length presentation, don’t worry, as we’ve got the highlights right here.
DOOM Eternal is everything we want from a sequel
2016’s DOOM was a real treat, which left fans with a list of demands for any potential sequel. Eternal looks set to deliver on all fronts, boasting more of the heavy metal ultraviolence we know and love, carried out at the hands of a more powerful Doom Marine, against double the number of demons. Throw in a Hell on Earth locale and we can’t wait to see more at QuakeCon in August.
There’s tons of Elder Scrolls content on the way (including VI)
Yes, the time was finally right for Bethesda to bare all and confirm that The Elder Scrolls VI is indeed on the horizon. All we got at this stage are a few environmental hints as to the region we might be exploring, though not likely anytime soon, with a distant 2020 release seemingly on the books. Regardless, that was enough to set the internet alight.
In other news from Tamriel, CCG The Elder Scrolls: Legends is relaunching across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch; The Elder Scrolls: Online is getting a couple of new expansions in Wolfhunter and Mirkmire, which focus on werewolves and revisiting Black Marsh respectively; while The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a fully fledged and VR compatible mobile RPG, featuring new city building elements and also set to make its way to consoles and PC.
Starfield is a new sci-fi IP from Bethesda Game Studios
Details on the first new franchise from Todd Howard and his team in 25 years are currently thin on the ground, though it’s reasonable to speculate it’ll launch next year as the fresh luncheon meat sandwiched between November’s Fallout 76 (more on that shortly) and The Elder Scrolls VI. With Mass Effect having fallen from grace, Starfield might just be the space-faring RPG gamers have been clamouring for.
Post-launch support continues for Bethesda’s current crop of games
The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Online weren’t the only existing games to get some time in the spotlight, as a few little surprises were made available to download right then and there. Free-to-play game Fallout Shelter was launched on PS4 and Switch, Quake Champions was made free for the duration of the week - so grab it while you can - and complementary Prey DLC added Story, Survival and New Game + modes to change how you interact with the campaign.
Separate to that, Prey will also receive the roguelike-like Mooncrash mode and an asymmetrical multiplayer add-on in which one person battles four player-controlled mimics, with the option to ‘enjoy’ the many inevitable jumpscares through the medium of VR.
They aren’t stopping the support there, with standalone sibling experiences in the works
Even more Prey is on the way in the form of a standalone VR experience, provided you’ve recovered from the antics of those devious mimics, while Wolfenstein is also set to get the VR spinoff treatment.
Not only that, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood is to Wolfenstein II what The Old Blood was to the original reboot. That’s a standalone expansion, if you don’t follow, only this time with added co-op, as Youngblood casts you as BJ Blazkowicz’ twin daughters once they’re all grown up. Blasting through with a friend looks set to be raucous fun!
Fallout 76 is, in fact, an online survival game
Wolfenstein and Prey aren’t the only Bethesda titles adding multiplayer to their repertoire, as the rumours of Fallout 76 being an online only survival game were finally confirmed. Met with more initial adulation than we’d have expected, just like with RAGE 2 earlier in the presser, any major worries were put to bed with a substantial gameplay feature.
A prequel set in West Virginia, USA, 76’s world is four times bigger than that of Fallout 4, but hopefully just as dense. You can wander the wasteland solo, though it’s in your best interest to cooperate with friendly players to build defences and utilities that’ll help you through the ‘softcore’ survival sim, complete with nuclear warfare. Whilst being able to nuke troublesome players off the face of the Earth is unquestionably cool, we’re mostly left wondering whether the integral V.A.T.S. system will feature. There’s no sign of it yet, but we’re sure to know by the time the game releases on 14 November.
That’s it from Bethesda for another year; what did you think of their showing? Let us know on the forums or in the comments below, and stay tuned to Pass the Controller for plenty more coverage of E3 2018.
If you want to watch Bethesda’s conference in full, skip to around the 1 hour 23 minute mark and enjoy!
Microsoft’s Xbox press conference featured 50 new games with 18 Xbox exclusives of some description, as they kept reminding us. That’s roughly a new game every 2 minutes - whew! So, grab a cup of tea and settle down whilst we give you a rundown of the biggest highlights from the meaty event.
Society developed a defence force named the Psycho Squad in an attempt to control the augmented hazard. On the other side of the city lies extreme poverty, with citizens so poor they turn to crime and extreme violence. Classified as the “city of dreams”, this is where players can expect to take back control. CD Projekt Red will (hopefully) be letting us at it in 2019.
Metro Exodus throws us into a post-apocalyptic Russia
Developed by 4A Games, the latest trailer for the sadly-delayed Metro Exodus gave us a closer look at the underground ruins of Moscow, in the year 2036. After the devastation of the civil war, society fell apart and it is up to you to fight back against mutated monsters, flee the Metro and lead a group of Spartan Rangers across the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Russia, in search of a new and stable life.
Previous games have carried a lot of narrative weight with their claustrophobic environments and stunningly detailed presentation, so we’re expecting even more from Exodus. The train arrives on 22 February 2019 (subject to further delays).
We Happy Few is upping the dosage of Joy
Don’t be a downer baby. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here. Compulsion Games released a story trailer giving us a snippet of what’s to come from We Happy Few. Microsoft announced that the studio was being acquired by Xbox, along with Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Undead Labs (State of Decay) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, DmC). To find out what really happened after World War 2 - and why we all need Joy - pick up We Happy Few on 10 August 2018.
The Division 2 focuses on united multiplayer
Summertime in Washington D.C. is the setting for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and the scripted banter is back! Ubisoft have a habit of showing us how “real” gamers play, and this demo was no exception. The environment offered a contrast from the first game, exploring a lush greenhouse, but just how different will the actual game be? Find out in March 2019.
Tiny fox hero, with a big heart; Tunic
Tunic is an action puzzle game featuring a tiny Fox hero, who seems to be eying up Yarny’s adorableness crown for this year’s show. The goal is to explore the wilderness, whilst fighting evil monsters and solving puzzles. It’s ridiculously adorable (yes, yes, we know we already said it) and could be a shoe-in with younger audiences, thanks to its use of bright colour and accessible, visual puzzle elements.
Dying Light 2 brings choices and consequences
The sequel takes place 15 years after the original game and still offers an immersive open world with the cool parkour element, but this time all choices have consequences. This means if you choose to side with factions in the city, it will affect the overall balance and dynamic of the narrative and the Techland team went to great lengths to demonstrate how significantly you could change the world with significant decisions you make, even describing the game’s setting as the “new dark ages”. Sounds jolly then...
Gears loses the ‘of War’ with revenge for Kait
Whilst there is still an intense focus on action-driven narrative, an emotional trailer for Gears 5 showcased a fragile Kait, veteran from the previous installment, who’ll be your protagonist this time - alongside some trendy bears of course. Online co-op returns, and Microsoft claims this one will be “the biggest, most beautiful Gears world ever created”, no doubt helped along by the 4K UHD resolution available on Xbox One X. Grab your lancer in 2019.
Fallout 76 is in West Virginia
While the real goods were saved for Bethesda’s conference, Todd Howard took to the stage to bring us a sneak preview of the first gameplay trailer for Fallout 76. The date came later, but, in case you can’t wait to read our Bethesda roundup, it’s available 14th November 2018.
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EA’s press conference might not have blown our socks off, but it certainly had a few stand out moments, including an in-depth look at Battlefield 5, a sequel to sidescroller Unravel, new EA Original Sea of Solitude, as well as the usual EA sports updates. Here are just a few highlights.
The single player mode sees War Stories return, though little was revealed in the trailer, which debuted at the Xbox conference, besides a cinematic tone and the series’ usual gritty presentation. You can roll out (even as a girl...) from 19 October 2018.
Unravel Two is THE most adorable game of 2018 (so far)
Unravel Two is an adorable (did we mention it's adorable??) co-op puzzle platformer. The story follows Yarny - a small, lost red creature made of wool - who, in this follow-up, has lost his spark, but gained a co-op companion.
Following a dramatic shipwreck, the Yarnys are connected and must collaborate to navigate their way through dangerous situations, solve puzzles and evade enemies in a fast paced, highly detailed environment. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of playing with others, as it works perfectly well solo too. The biggest surprise for this one is that Unravel Two is already available on PS4 and Xbox One.
Command & Conquer returns! But wait...
Legendary RTS series Command & Conquer made an appearance, but (disappointingly) as a mobile game for iOS and Android. Command & Conquer Rivals allows players to jump into competitive matches, select a commander, choose six different unit types and customise their forces.
Familiar GDI and NOD logos are thrown liberally about the place, and even the forces themselves are familiar, divided into four different types: inventory, vehicles, air units, specialised tech forces, and structures. Android users can pre-register now for early access on the Google Play store.
Anthem is the upgrade we’ve all been waiting for
Next up is BioWare’s multiplayer action RPG, Anthem. While rumours and first impressions pointed to this being EA’s answer to Destiny, Anthem apparently concentrates on single player experience. (From BioWare?! Madness!)
BioWare’s Casey Hudson, Cathleen Rootsaert and Mark Darrah explained that although Anthem is a multiplayer game, once players come back to base, Anthem follows a linear single player experience.
This was deliberate as they noticed that other multiplayer games dilute narrative and expect players to go out on mission after mission with no real goal in mind. Additionally, when out and about on missions, players can expect to be met with “breathing” environments, with drastic changes in weather.
While weather is nothing new, it could add an interesting layer of immersion if used effectively. If that wasn’t enough, players will also get a pick of four different exo-skeleton suits called Javelins, that all feature their own special skill sets.
Depending on what suit you chose, players can expect to devastate arenas and enemies. Lastly, BioWare confirmed that they’ve said goodbye to loot boxes, and that microtransactions in-game will be “strictly cosmetic”.
Anthem launches on on 22 February 2019.
Sea of Solitude has something to say about mental health
Last of our highlights is Sea of Solitude, not because it deserves to be at the bottom of the list, but because it's bold enough to take on something a bit more serious - mental health. Sea of Solitude is a hauntingly beautiful indie game that confronts uncomfortable human emotion and enables an open dialogue on a difficult topic.
The game's about a young woman named Kay, whose mental health has disintegrated beyond hope and transformed her into a literal monster. From here, Kay’s journey is a harrowing exploration of the devastation that human isolation can bring. You can explore Kay’s mind in early 2019.
Those were just some of the games featured in this year’s EA Play event. What did you think of event, and what was your favourite game? Comment below and follow Pass the Controller on Twitter for more coverage of E3 2018.
In case you missed EA’s conference, you can catch up now by clicking the embedded video and skipping to the 58 minute mark.
New leaks suggest Epic’s Fortnite could be coming to Switch in some form.
More recently a Resetera post showed the Korean Games Ratings Board has rated Fortnite for Switch, seemingly all but confirming the game’s imminent arrival on Nintendo’s hybrid console.
While there’s no specific mention of whether the Switch version includes the Battle Royale experience alongside the original (and oft overlooked) Save the World PvE mode, considering the former’s huge popularity there seems little chance it won’t be included.
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